The New American Home
The New American Home 2020 (TNAH 2020) is tranquil sanctuary away from the Las Vegas’ scene. A combination of earth, natural stone, and the beautiful McCullough mountain ranges enclose the hillside retreat and capture the modern aesthetic in the desert. This one-story, 7,683-square-foot concept home represents current trends towards sleek, clean and simple lines, minimal décor, abundant light, and flat rooflines that match the surrounding foothills. Built by Sun West Custom Homes, one of the premier custom builders in Nevada today, this home is infused with Control4 smart home technology throughout its four bedrooms, five baths with a one half-bath, two showroom garages, a luxurious great room, elegant wine room, multiple water features surrounding the courtyard, beautiful fire features, and an outdoor heated entertainment area.
Chris Ramirez and Danielle Karr from Control4 as well as Nicole Maiers from Sun West Custom Homes revealed more about this project.
What were the technology goals of the 2020 TNAH? Talk about the tech put into the home.
Chris Ramirez: The goal for Control4 was to provide an automation experience that was able to incorporate all the other pieces of technology in the home. As Control4 works with over 14,000 third-party devices, we acted as the central automation system that brought it all together. Control4 included a lot of our own equipment in the home, but the selling point to the builder and designer was our ability to work with other vendors’ products seamlessly. Everything from audio and video distribution, to lighting, to networking was included in this home.
How did Control4, the architect, and the builder successfully navigate pulling together a project of this scale?
Ramirez: The goal here was to make sure all the key stakeholders met often and early – making sure Control4, the architect, the builder, and the local integrator were all on the same page throughout the project. A good example is the master bedroom. Originally it was going to be smaller, but then they decided to push the wall out a few extra feet. This changed quite a bit of the lighting and electrical plans, which meant we had to go back to the drawing board and figure out how we were going to accommodate these changes. Luckily, we were given the heads up early enough and could strategize quickly to turn around and provide a plan moving forward.
What was the experience like working with Control4 as a partner in this project?
Nicole Maiers: Control4 was an amazing company to partner with for TNAH 2020. They were always quick to respond and quick to act, which is super important to me, as I am trying to make sure we are staying on schedule to complete this home in time. The other great part about Control4I was that I was able to walk into the house after the programming was complete and immediately understand how to use the system. Being someone who has trouble with technology, the ease of Control4 definitely made me feel like I was much more tech-savvy than I am.
How did the technology and design successfully come together aesthetically in this home?
Danielle Karr: One of the main issues with a lot of DIY technology is that it negatively affects the design aesthetic in a project. A designer works hard to create a beautiful space, and then technology is just sort of placed into it as an afterthought. That was not the case with this project, and I think the elegance of the end result is a testament to that fact. We worked closely with the architect and the interior designer from the beginning of the project, ensuring that things like motorized TVs, in-ceiling speakers, wall touchscreens, and more were blended seamlessly into the project aesthetics. During a private event at the home, many interior designers commented just how impressed they were at the beauty and the functionality of the technology integration in each room. That level of thoughtfulness can only come from early planning with the technology professional on the project and a good understanding of the lifestyle goals within the home among the entire design-build team.